Smartphones have become a major part of our lives. It is a communications and productivity tool. In some cases they cost more than a laptop or computer. We are spending more and more time with our smartphones. A smartphone is an investment and it helps to consider what you are buying. I like to interact with my readers through my social streams and I posed the question, “what do you consider when purchasing a smartphone?” Responses were varied and helped me with this blog post.
Firstly I would recommend thinking about your needs and wants and how those mesh with your budget. Think about your current and previous smartphones and the things that bug you. Is it too slow? Do you wish the screen was bigger? Does the battery life suck? Think about your needs. Are you clumsy and often drop your smartphone? Do you need your smartphone to be waterproof? Are you a photographer? Start asking questions, making notes and doing research. In the same way that I asked my social streams, you can ask your social streams about their experiences and recommendations. Outside of this, the internet is littered with review websites, youtube channels, customer reviews, comparison websites and the likes.
For a lot of persons price is a major consideration. The popular brands and flagship smartphones will cost the most. There are persons who wait for the newer models to be released so that the price of the older models drop. Other persons will wait for when there is a sale. If you get a postpaid plan with your carrier you will pay less up front and the remaining cost will be covered by your monthly bill amount. Keep in mind that the carriers can lock the smartphones (they sell you) to their network. It helps to get local support and a good warranty for a reasonable period. If you purchase your smartphone online consider the final cost after shipping and taxes and the cost to return the phone if it has to be repaired under warranty. Outside of the warranty some smartphones are more costly to repair than others. Sometimes it makes more sense to buy a new phone than to pay for the repairs.
Understandably if you have had good experiences with a brand, OS (think Android or iOS) or ecosystem over the years you may be inclined to stick with this. You may even refer to yourself as a fanboy or fangirl. You might even be mocked for your loyalty. For some persons, being in style is important. For some it’s all about the specifications and features. Specifications may look nice on paper but performance should not be assumed from this. Go in the store and try out the smartphone. Is it comfortable to hold? Is the software user friendly enough for you? How does it compare to the other smartphones around? Are you interested in the other devices in the ecosystem like the VR headset or smartwatch? Do you need dual SIMs? Do you need extra storage for your music and movies and photos or are you offloading most of this to the cloud?
As you would realise there are many things that you could consider when deciding on a smartphone to purchase. Also you may choose to wait on a future model, maybe based on what the rumors and speculations say is coming. It’s your choice and your hard earned dollars and you will have to decide what is important to you and how much consideration you care to give. For me, photography has become a major part of my life, so the camera and features is what piques my interest the most. I do hope that my blog post helps some and please share your thoughts and experiences with us (myself and readers) in the comments below.